Welcome Weekend 2017

Welcome Weekend 2017 is an extensive three day orientation experience for all new students. During Welcome Weekend, students will have the opportunity to engage with faculty, staff, student leaders, and their peers! New students will get to experience our community at USF, and they will be equipped to begin their college career on a solid foundation through participating in sessions/activities on learning, leadership, and service. In addition to gaining a sense of belonging, students will explore tips and tools to academic success, discover ways to become involved outside of the classroom, learn how to become a responsible and contributing member of our community, and understand the unique culture of a Catholic Franciscan liberal arts education.

Whether you are a first-time freshman or a transfer student, we want to ensure that you are setup for a successful college experience at USF!  All new students are required to attend Welcome Weekend. Please be sure to complete your online registration by August 1.

For any further information on Welcome Weekend, please contact our Coordinator of Orientation and First Year Experience, Aaron West, at 260.399.7700 ext. 6740.

Where do I Check-In for Welcome Weekend?

All New Students and Guests will begin Check-In at North Campus on Friday, August 25. Upon your arrival, our team of student leaders (wearing the orange t-shirts) will be your first point of contact and they will help you know your next steps! Please check the full event schedule to find information that is specific to your Check-In as either a Residential or Commuter Student.

What will I need for Welcome Weekend?

  • USF Student ID Card
  • My Cougar Connection Username and Password
  • Apparel for Indoor and Outdoor Sessions/Activities, etc.
  • College Student Survival Kit: Backpack, Water Bottle, Notebooks, Pens/Pencils, etc.

You will receive a detailed event schedule, Welcome Weekend T-Shirt, and items for your college student survival kit during Check-In!

What USF Traditions take place during Welcome Weekend?

  • Paint the Rock
  • Cougar Games
  • Class Photo
  • Matriculation Mass and the Saint Francis Medallion
  • Send-Off Ceremony
  • Pay It Forward: Service Experiences

Do I have to pay for Welcome Weekend?

An Orientation Fee is already included in your student bill to cover the cost for your New Student Orientation and Welcome Weekend. So, you are all set! There is no cost to attend Welcome Weekend.

Can my family attend Welcome Weekend?

Parents and family members are invited to attend Welcome Weekend on Friday, August 25, with the pinnacle of their day being the Send-Off Ceremony. Following the Send-Off Ceremony, the remainder of Welcome Weekend is only offered for new students.

Can I purchase my books during Welcome Weekend?

Yes! The Campus Shoppe will be available at various times throughout Welcome Weekend. Also, feel free to check out the Campus Shoppe at any time!

When do classes begin?

Classes begin on Monday, August 28, 2017.